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Baltimore man sentenced in 2009 computer hacking case

In what Baltimore is calling its first computer hacking case, a judge has sentenced a Maryland man for hacking the computer system of his former employer after he was fired and displaying pornography during the nonprofit’s presentation to its board of directors.

Baltimore prosecutors said in a news release that 52-year-old Walter Powell pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful access to a computer causing a malfunction and a count of possessing a pass code without authorization.

The judge on Tuesday sentenced the former director of management information systems at Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems Inc. to two years in prison but suspended all but time served from the September 2009 incident. He also was sentenced to three years of probation and must perform 100 hours of community service.